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Alcazaba

Explore the three walled enclosures of this 1,000-year-old fortress, one of the largest citadels built by the Arabs in Spain.

Journey back to ancient Almeria with a visit to the Alcazaba, a 10th-century hilltop citadel where Arab rulers governed for hundreds of years up until the end of the 15th century. In more recent times it has been an impressive presence in numerous films such as Conan the Barbarian as well as the global TV hit Game of Thrones.

The Alcazaba is divided into three walled compounds that extend up the slope of the hill. Enter through the Puerta de la Justicia (Justice Gate) and start your visit in the lowest of the three sections which used to be the Alcazaba's barracks. Today it is laid out like a garden containing flower-filled terraces and ponds.

Venture into the second compound where there are remains of a mosque that was converted into a chapel by the Catholic monarchs, Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand I of Aragon. Another noteworthy feature of this enclosure are the remains of old Arab baths. Separating the first two compounds is the Muro de la Campana de la Vela, an ancient wall with a bell tower that used to sound the alarm when pirates were approaching.

In the third enclosure see several towers including the Tower of Homage and the Gunpowder Tower. Then cast your gaze over the city below from the top of the castle walls. From this magnificent vantage point enjoy spectacular views of Almeria's cave quarter, the Barrio de la Chanca and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Alcazaba sits on top of a hill and can be seen from most parts of the city. Come by bus or park your car for a fee in the spaces in the streets below the castle or in the port. Then walk up the narrow streets to reach the historical attraction. It is open daily except for Mondays. Although the fortress is steep in places there is partial access for disabled people and others with reduced mobility.


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Hotel Nuevo Torreluz $61
Hotel Nuevo Torreluz

Hotel Nuevo Torreluz

Plaza Flores, 10, Almeria, Almeria
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Almería Centro, this hotel is steps from Almeria Air Raid Shelters, Arab Cisterns Jairan, and Puerta de Purchena Square. San Sebastian Church and Apolo Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Almería Station is 15 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Sevilla $31
    Hotel Sevilla

    Hotel Sevilla

    Calle Granada 25, Almeria, Almeria
       
      1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Almería Centro, this hotel is steps from San Sebastian Church and Puerta de Purchena Square. Almeria Air Raid Shelters and Arab Cisterns Jairan are also within 5 minutes. Almería Station is 15 minutes by foot.

      AC Hotel Almería by Marriott $58
      AC Hotel Almería by Marriott

      AC Hotel Almería by Marriott

      Plaza Flores 5, Almeria, Almeria
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Almería Centro, this hotel is steps from Arab Cisterns Jairan and Almeria Air Raid Shelters. Almeria Cathedral and Puerta de Purchena Square are also within 5 minutes. Almería Station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Hotel Catedral Almería
        Hotel Catedral Almería

        Hotel Catedral Almería

        Plaza de la Catedral no. 8, Almeria
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Almería Centro, this hotel is steps from Almeria Cathedral and Andalusian Center of Photography. Church of Our Lady of the Sea and Monastery of St. Clare are also within 5 minutes. Almería Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Torreluz Centro Hotel $42
          Torreluz Centro Hotel

          Torreluz Centro Hotel

          Plaza Flores 8, Almeria, Almeria
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Almería Centro, this hotel is steps from Almeria Air Raid Shelters, Arab Cisterns Jairan, and Puerta de Purchena Square. San Sebastian Church and Apolo Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Almería Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Gran Hotel Almeria
            Gran Hotel Almeria

            Gran Hotel Almeria

            Calle Reina Regente, 8, Almeria
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Almería Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cable Ingles, Francisco Villaespesa Provincial Public Library, and Monument to Victims of Mauthausen Almerienses. Parque Nicolas Salmeron and Church of Our Lady of the Sea are also within 10 minutes. Almería Station is 11 minutes by foot.

              Aire Hotel & Ancient Baths $78
              Aire Hotel & Ancient Baths

              Aire Hotel & Ancient Baths

              Plaza de la Constitución, 4, Almeria, Almeria
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Almería Centro, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Arab Cisterns Jairan and Almeria Cathedral. Puerta de Purchena Square and Church of San Juan Almeria are also within 10 minutes. Almería Station is 17 minutes by foot.

                HO Puerta de Purchena $86
                HO Puerta de Purchena

                HO Puerta de Purchena

                Calle Tenor Iribarne 2, Almeria
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Almería Centro, this aparthotel is steps from Puerta de Purchena Square and Almeria Air Raid Shelters. Almeria Cathedral and Alcazaba are also within 15 minutes. Almería Station is 14 minutes by foot.